Meteo Mike has returned to Tignes and Val D’Isere so in the words of Alice Cooper:
The man behind the mask
And you needed a mask today as the wind was really quite cold. The view from the breakfast table was quite good, blue skies, but the easterly winds soon brought wind and cloud from Italy which made it seem all the more cold. It certainly looked worse towards Le Fornet from the start, but the view looking north west from the top of the Combe Folle drag was not too bad.
If you look through the metalwork at the right hand side you can just see a bunch of skiers traversing to the Grand Couloir, they didn’t look that sure of themselves! The cold has kept the snow in great condition. The pistes are tip top, just a bit hard as you come off the lifts with all the traffic. Off piste is still OK but we could do with a top up. We did manage some fresh squiggles down Familial and Jardins du Borsat – but you have to traverse. Lognan still had soft snow in parts, lumpy in others.
Now for the next few days we can refer to the old English weather lore of:
“When the wind is in the east tis neither good for man nor beast”
That also applies out here, it is going to be barkingly cold in the middle of next week. Again, tying the weather down and the amount of snow is tricky as the weather fronts are weak and wandering round like a bunch of itinerant seasonaires leaving Jack’s Club! So here goes: Tomorrow will start with sunny periods, the cloud will build a bit like today and we may get a few very light showers of snow in the afternoon, that east wind will pick up in the afternoon. Saturday will be windy, the temperatures will not be too bad – but you won’t notice trust me. It is likely that the snow showers will be very light, there maybe a slightly heavier one in the middle of the day. As to the amounts, its a lottery. Anywhere between 4 and 12cm of snow, on this the level of traffic chaos will depend! Sunday is all up for debate depending on which forecasting system you use. A good punt would be light snow showers with sunny spells. The mercury will drop sharply on Monday, again snow showers and sunny spells. Tuesday will be similar but 4 or 5 degrees colder and so it goes on. I would not be surprised if we see -20 over Tuesday night (yip more problems with diesels) and we are not likely to see temperatures above -10 during the day. Wrap up!